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  1. Passing thru here to get an eye on the AG forum it's good to see Denny is still popular. There was a time when I parroted every holier than thou negative comments ever conceived for posting on these various forums about the man, and I thought I was a member of the club in good standing on the right side of evil. But, I digress. At some point in Denny's experience playing acoustic guitars he decided to take into his own hands the job of making his guitar play the way he wanted it to. I can't remember how many times I've taken my own to store techs for set-ups that were never exactly how I wanted them when I got them back. So, I began getting them where I wanted myself. I think any self-respecting guitarist will eventually make attempts to do that. Denny probably got good at setting up his guitar to the extent that he saw an opportunity to turn a buck on his skills by buying up cheap guitars, making them easy playing and offering them for sale with a mark-up to cover his work. My last set-up cost me over 100 (USD) by a good tech. If Martin, et al, offered the same thing a wild guess suggests their businesses would blossom and people would be happy to pay the up-charge. Denny got it right but guitarists find him guilty of charging a premium for his work, free shipping and a no-questions-asked return policy. However, they would not squawk paying for the same thing from a technician, minus the shipping. Guitarists tend to be kinda odd that way about Zager for one simple reason - he doesn't make the guitar. On an aside, I've had people tell me I have a nice car and I thank them with a boast that I made it myself. Why in the heck does anyone compliment someone on the car they drive knowing they had absolutely nothing to do with its design and build. I'm going use a 2-hole toaster as a hood ornament and apply a Mercedes star to it just to preempt the obligatory insincerity. Denny's a businessman and I laud his product. I've never played one. I've never seen a used one in any GC, Sam Ash, M/P store or pawn shop so obviously they're keepers. That's just a guess that owners are satisfied with them.
  2. Sad. She never seemed to get a break. You got a place in my memory, Samilyn.
  3. 2004 to what ever year I ended my own string pursuit, science and mythology (forum-speak) all in, I ended up with a single brand/type/gauge that fit the practicable niche for me. The only thing that I found common in all of them was the time between new and decay of the trebles. They all died at the 4th week for my ear. Metallurgy is what it is and string elasticity has a definite mortality rate, regardless of the alloys used, with a maximum duration of 4 weeks. Most begin to fizzle midway between the 2nd and 3rd week but by the 4th week I'd be digging for lost trebles buried by their own metallurgical death knells. So, that experience under my hat, I chose a brand/type/gauge that was cheap and readily available. That's on uncoated 0.12s, finger picked with natural nails, which mine are particularly well suited for. My weekly playing time is about 10 hours and I change strings within the 3rd week. Could I get away with just replacing the e and b strings? Yes, and I have, but the brand of strings I buy in sets is cheap enough to just replace complete sets. FWIW, those strings are D'Addario EJ-16s used on a jumbo concert. I use their 0.010 gauge set (EJ-10) on a classical I reworked to sport them. Their tension is little more than the nylon sets I used on that guitar so I gain the steel string sound on a wide board short scale guitar without the expense of a purpose-built guitar. ________________________________________ Now, ask yourself if you're ready to make the effort and incur the expense of discovering the above on your own. What are you looking for in a string? Sound? Longevity? Feel? What set best delivers your guitar's sonic character to your ear? I read a lot of characterizations of sound people claim they like from their guitars. Some will actually claim they like the sound of old dead strings. Others are more like me preferring the projection, sustain and brilliance of new strings. Others still prefer that 2nd-3rd week treble loss. Then, there are some who cannot decipher what best suits their guitars, after much fuss and expense, and that's either because they have dead ears or dead guitars. We cannot end this inquiry without giving a nod to relative humidity's role. So, the guitar's sonic capability, the string brand/type/gauge, atmospheric conditions (RH, particularly) and your own ear's limits are playing a role in your string assessments. Asking (me) what strings might be good for your needs is not just a shot at a moving target. It's a moving target with a blindfolded, ear blocked shooter.
  4. Good post, good spirit and interesting stuff. I can visualize children wandering through the town singing this, sprinkling water in the faces of people they meet, and some of the people ducking saying they already gave (suffered the solicitation) on a previous street corner. I suppose this harks back to one of history's lessons (going forward) about not going out on the first day of the new year to avoid the crazies. Re: 2021. Not recognizing it until I can see the trailer. Any mail received in 2021 will be returned and marked: "Return to sender, annum unknown". Good song and well played, sir.
  5. https://jedistar.com/bently/ There's a link for Bently Catalogs for a price, if you're that curious. I suspect dm's assessment of value applies but the historical value of your guitar only you can ascribe. http://www.vintaxe.com/catalogs_main/catalogs_japanese_bently_acoustic.php
  6. Basically, this is the underlying demise of HC. It rose up to become the most popular question/answer mecca. Then it started backsliding when the guitar culture at large no longer needed to spend the time logged in after the questions ran out. That's about the time it devolved into a forum run by cliques, similar to the persona of the current PP, and required heavy-handed moderation. That was a frustrating period exacerbated by the site switching to an unproven platform that failed an already embattled membership in countless ways. It lost its charm with the clique-run membership and went downhill from there until buried by the site admin attempting "great things" by playing the platform shell game and leaning heavily on jackbooted moderation to re-vitalize popularity (???!!!). The original esprit de corps that rallied the site was gone through poor management (captains sink with their ships). But, at least we have the AGF to provide the guitar culture's nerdsmanship needs and TGP to provide for the culture's cool-kids needs.
  7. Nor can I. I come here every day or so, don't sign in and look at the Activity report on the main page. I don't sign in because that would populate the report with the nonsense from PP. The site is teetering on the edge of the abyss.
  8. Actually, Auld Lang Syne comes to mind but that's the Free Bird of traditional laments. I packed up the guitars a while ago when doing some work in the house. I'll have yet to dig them out of storage, re-string them and see if they have anything they care to sing about. Thanks for the reminder. .
  9. Saturday, 10/31/2020, a total of 10 forum posts, discounting site-irrelevant posts in PP, were all the attention afforded this site by its membership. All you need to do is take a look in Activity and see what happening. To avoid PP's postings under Activity, don't log in to get relevant posts. Farewell and adieu to you young Spanish ladies...
  10. Okay. I'm back. You see, the point of this thread was not to stick with the topic but rather retro it to the same kind of thread that was, at one time, the hallmark of this entire site and the cheddar for the mice that were drawn to it in droves; no differently than you guys are responding now. You have taken the bait and are now exercising the same (elicited) emotions that bolstered both the useless and the useful activity that characterized it. In other words, the sheer weight of the membership provided the on-topic questions and answers that legitimized the site, as well as confounded it for the more sensitive, but the emotions were high and contagious. It fostered all manner of on and off topic activity that acted like a self-perpetuating machine. It was high on itself. Then, the goody two shoes police arrived and the place simply vanished through negligent software experimentation and debilitating badge polishing at the moderation level. Sure, I can go on and on about the acoustic guitar, what makes it tick (thank you Freeman and others) and what makes it work for me (45 years of playing) but there's no real demand for that here anymore because the place is lost in space. At it's worst it was head and shoulders more informative than any of the period forum sites. It was a heavy-weight kingpin of a place and all the ridicule that it might have garnered still didn't warrant sanitizing it for junior. Anyway, the heart of this place - the normal human behavioral condition - was barred from exercising further freedom and that was this place's cause for demise. Finally, the acoustic guitar itself as a topic for detailed and continued discussion is now past its prime. The people who were attracted to it in the early Y2K period got their knowledge and slowly, over the decade following, moved on and/or were decidedly unimpressed with forum changes. I know this place's membership suffered badly through the irresponsible jacking around with software. It wasn't broke but they decided that "advances" in technology could fix it. There's dumb and then there's that. Implementing an experimental software? Yea, brilliant. But, it happened and it happened more than once. That's about when this place became a joke. So, keep responding here and you'll only prove the foregoing truth about forums. They are the elicitor of the human emotions first and objective information exchanges second.
  11. Yep, a movin' & shakin' place this is. But, let's not think that I'm instigating in a vacuum. Anyway, of all the responses to current threads in this forum this one is getting the most traffic. That's a telling clue about what engages people and what doesn't. On-topic isn't getting it and no one cares about what junior is reading.
  12. Valid question about what we want from this place. One can never go back but that's not the point. The question should ask what made it what it was. People change as a group, or collective, and in their progressiveness they eschew outmoded norms and embrace new norms, or new realities if we can forgive whoever coined that one. What is lost and what is gained? Is there something for everyone in the transition? No. Rights of passage dictates that one generation is succeeded by the next and with each new birth comes a desire for its own identity to displace the previous. This place has lost the identity that birthed it and reared it. The moderation born with it died with it and the new moderation is on high alert to preclude any new form of identity that isn't HC uber alles, akin to AGF's authoritarian moderation, for the good of all. Problem is, mankind is not good by his very nature. He enjoys a good scuffle, and that was HC's birth identity. That's what made it what it was; special. Anyway, may it continue on for the good of all and enjoy being a home to friends and family alike. I will continue to ruminate over what's over and remember it without the Joy it's currently soaking in, so mild. Madge, is that you?
  13. Fair enough. Being a rather incorrigible recluse who begrudgingly relies on society's continuing irritations to give my life meaning, I suppose you could say I should see the positive in society for being there when I don't need it; a glass half full, with a twist. I've said it before but it remains true today, I tip my hat to you and the challenges you've soldiered through. Keep the strength.
  14. I mix it up and strumming, though not as a routine, is a dynamic that can't be denied a place with the best when done right. I can't think of another way of saying it. Strumming gets seconded as a technique, in context with finger picking (or finger styling if that's your preference), and I can see that when I think a person's progress typically starts out with it as a basic method of sounding chords. It's a starting point with finger picking being the next level up. That's to guitarists and those guys are picking bastids. Anyway, mixing all the techniques up (orchestrating them) marks the player who chooses music over method and I must admit that I did not see it that way for a very long time.
  15. Not to be a negative element fouling hopes that the place finds its bootstraps, but it's becoming evident that it can't and it has zero bearing on the context of age-grouping, as Neil suggests. I've been to reddit and thought it to be rather clinically disparate and cold, and not a suitable substitute to forums or even a last resort. As far as social media goes, there's a common sense issue regarding privacy breeches that most social media advocates/users dismiss out of hand. I think it's a shortcoming indoctrinated by techno-driven peer pressure creating the mass appeal to be suckered into such agencies of self-serving commercial interests. Enough factual data is publicly announced about the invasiveness (data mining) of social media that one can pretty much assume blatant disregard summarizes the 3.82 billion user's stances about the protection of their own privacy. It's either that or they're simply blissfully ignorant of it. It comes down to the loss of preference for personal involvement; a dehumanizing mechanism at work. The telecommunications today by and large minimizes the personal contact making humans human. Reddit especially exemplifies that due to it's sheer global numbers reporting in versus discussion. Much of what I see there isn't discussion at all. It's more of an information exchange of catch as catch can and little if any warmth. Anyway, yes, there was a time here when the whole human enchilada was at work here tying it, trying it and binding it to itself. It wasn't always pretty but it was a heavy hitter as far as forums go but the head office here didn't see the gold in it. It's misguided decision to manifest itself as fun for the whole family was and remains a form of business mismanagement that cost it a rather profitable position.
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